By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigerian Army yesterday said it handed over 244 Boko Haram suspects, who have given up membership of the terrorist group, to the Borno State government.
The handing over was in commemoration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The Army said the suspects comprises 56 women, 118 adult male, 19 under aged persons and 51 children.
Presenting the suspects at the Military Cemetery in Maiduguri, venue of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, major General Rogers Nicholas, said the release of the repentant Boko Haram members was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
He said the suspects had been properly screened and confirmed to have sincerely repented of allegiance to the group.
On his part, Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, commended the military for its ongoing de-radicalisation efforts in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.
Some of the repentant insurgents assured the governor of their readiness to be absorbed into the society and promised to be law abiding citizens.